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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

Marine Biology degrees

Marine biology seeks to understand patterns of biological diversity and quantify change in the marine ecosystem by studying how organisms interact with their environment and respond to change.


Marine Biology has developed exponentially over the past years with the discovery of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps; the ability to conduct experimental programmes at sea; the use of molecular methods in marine biology and the huge expansion of the data base on marine animals.

There has been a massive increase in the interest in marine biodiversity, in terms of the actual species, the causes of such high biodiversity, the scope for exploitation of these natural resources and the potential impact of climate and anthropogenic influences on biodiversity. As a result, marine biology students can expand their biology-knowledge base while still appreciating the physico-chemical aspects of the marine environment.

Professional Accreditation

Marine Biology and Oceanography programmes are accredited by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Current students can apply for Student membership (SIMarEST) and once graduated have the option of several types of membership depending on their career path or interest, these include: Affiliate, Elective Member, Associate Member, Member or Fellow.


Why study marine biology at Southampton?

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RV Callista

Purpose built vehicle for teaching and research


Fieldwork opportunities

The development of skills in the field is a crucial component of our degrees, as well as being one of the most challenging and rewarding.

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